NYU Winthrop To Host ‘Love Is In The Air’


The third annual event will benefit the center for cancer care

NYU Winthrop’s Eva Chalas, MD, Physician Director of the Cancer Center, and Jeffrey Schneider, MD, Chief, Division of Oncology/Hematology at last year’s “Love is in the Air.”

Fundraising for cancer care will take flight on Wednesday, Feb. 6 when NYU Winthrop Hospital hosts its third annual “Love is in the Air” from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Proceeds from the event will support NYU Winthrop’s Center for Cancer Care and work to enhance patient care, support survivorship programs, and support technology and research advancements. Area residents are encouraged to “show the love” by supporting this all-important cause, as each year more than 18,000 Long Islanders on average are faced with the challenges of cancer.

“Every day, we strive to improve early detection of cancers, foster the development of advanced treatments, and seek to maintain the quality of life of our cancer patients,” said Eva Chalas, MD, Physician Director of NYU Winthrop’s Cancer Center. “’Love is in the Air’ helps us realize these important objectives, providing funds that directly benefit patient care and well-being.”

The fun-filled evening will feature a cabaret show in the museum’s domed IMAX theatre, cocktail dining in a lounge atmosphere, a DJ and dancing. Cradle of Aviation galleries will be open for guests to enjoy. The museum boasts more than 75 air and spacecraft from a hot air balloon to an actual Apollo Lunar Module.

The Center for Cancer Care provides multidisciplinary comprehensive cancer care and has a robust infrastructure to support our patients, their caregivers and our staff. However, through our study of patients’ distress, we have identified a need for assistance with situations which adversely impact their distress levels.

Dr. Megan Winner, one of the surgical oncologists, and her team have developed a new interdepartmental platform capable of extracting relevant data leveraging multiple electronic sources of information. This platform is now powering quality improvement and clinical research at NYU Winthrop.

“The generous support of ‘Love is in the Air’ patrons from this event will fund projects that help identify and treat early signs of distress related to a cancer diagnosis and treatment; accelerate cross-discipline communication about patients’ progress through their cancer care journey; and identify ways to minimize and shorten emergency room visits and inpatient hospitalizations which are linked to side effects from cancer treatment. They will help us swiftly refer patients to needed supportive services, including social work and financial assistance, which can be so important in helping a cancer patient maintain emotional resiliency,” noted Winner.

Winner added that the proceeds from last year’s event are already increasing the scope of this platform, “enabling expedited day-to-day tracking of treatment updates across physician disciplines, enhancing the care delivered by our expert team, and empowering a new era of clinical research at NYU Winthrop leading to improved quality of care at NYU Winthrop’s Center for Cancer Care for decades to come.”

A full range of event sponsorship opportunities are available for “Love is in the Air,” and tickets are $250 per person. For ticket reservations or more information, call 516-663-8275.

—Submitted by NYU Winthrop

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